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UDIT upgrading, optimizing campus network/Wi-Fi

What to expect from the multi-year campus network/Wi-Fi upgrade project

University of Delaware Information Technologies (UDIT) is embarking upon a multi-year project to optimize campus network capabilities, which will include upgrades to wired and wireless networks and the supporting infrastructure within campus buildings.

The goal of the project is to ensure that UD's academic and research communities have the connectivity required to thrive, with high bandwidth and low latency.

The project began in January 2024 with the replacement of legacy Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) in various non-residence hall buildings around campus. Additionally, network upgrade work has been scheduled for the residence halls on Laird Campus – Independence, James Smith, Thomas McKean and George Read — with construction to start immediately after Memorial Day 2024.

Ultimately, this project is intended to upgrade the network infrastructure within all campus locations, with buildings prioritized into different phases across multiple years.

During scheduled pre-construction work, UDIT resources will be on-site conducting surveys to assess existing infrastructure and wireless coverage within the buildings. UDIT will also be reviewing network port utilization data and scheduling the optimization of the associated networking equipment.

During the construction phase, UDIT resources will be on-site performing upgrade and installation services. Construction work will be planned and coordinated with the responsible IT professionals ahead of time. Any multi-hour outages due to construction work will be communicated in advance.

For more information regarding this project, including the list of buildings planned for 2024-25, review this Knowledge Base article.

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